Smokey and the Bandit
121 Pages
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121 Pages
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Story Levy. Early draft.

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Published 01 January 1977
Reads 5
Language English

Exrait

"SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT"

Screenplay by

James Lee Barrett, Charles Shyer

and

Alan Mandel

Story by

Hal Needham and Robert L. Levy

EARLY DRAFT

FADE IN:

THE HIGHWAY - DAY

Georgia. Two-lane blacktop, stretching from here to heaven. Empty. Silent. Then, suddenly in the far distance, several dark specks rise over a hill and head straight toward camera.

Camera holds and the specks begin to take form. Vehicles. Trucks. Six monstrous eighteen-wheel diesels, coming at us, their smokestacks blasting. Sound grows louder, as we begin to hear snatches of Citizens Band Radio talk over:

VOICE ONE

-- Breaker, this is Banana Peel...

VOICE TWO

-- Yeah, Breaker go head on.

VOICE ONE

-- Thanks much. I'd like to get me a Smokey report?

VOICE TWO

-- Road looks clean as a hound's tooth.

VOICE ONE

-- Okey, doke. Last one to the Roadeo is a homo.

Voices fade and titles and credits begin. "Black Smoke Blowing Over Eighteen Wheels" by Red Simpson comes up in the b.g. as the six trucks blast right over camera.

AN AERIAL VIEW

of the trucks driving through an entrance gate to a huge parking lot. Over the gate is a sign reading: "GEORGIA TRUCK ROADEO STATE FINALS." Music and credits continue.

TRUCK ROADEO - PARKING LOT - DAY

Macks, Kenworths, Whites and Jimmys, all polished to a mirrored finish. Truck drivers decked out in their flashiest western outfits. The stands filled with spectators on the edge of their seats, watching the gearjammers put their rigs through tests of skill and reflexes -- parallel parking, driving around eggs, through complicated barricades, etc.

CAMERA PICKS UP

a customized white Cadillac convertible pulling into the Roadeo grounds. The Caddy has mounted chrome quarter horses on each front fender, bull horns on the front bumper, stacked rifles displayed in the rear. Garish. The car's Texas license plate reads "Mr. Big."

CLOSER ANGLE

The Cadillac stops. Two men climb out and wend their way through the trucks and spectators. Camera tracks behind them. Although we can't see their faces, we see that one man is pudgy and decked out in a fancy white western suit and hat. The other is younger, tall, skinny and wearing a grey western suit and hat. Kyle Brand and his son Dickey.

MUSIC AND CREDITS FADE

ANGLE - ROADEO INFIELD

The crowd roars, as the trucks race through an obstacle course.

ANGLE - THE MEN - TRACKING

Camera still on their backs.

DICKEY

(referring to race)

Is that Bandit in the lead?

KYLE

If that sumbitch was in the race, he'd be in the winner's circle by now.

DICKEY

I still think this whole idea is dumb, pop.

KYLE

Then it must be a helluva idea.

Kyle laughs. His laugh then turns into a hacking cough.

DICKEY

Why don't we just rent a Lear jet and haul it back ourselves?

KYLE

Because I wanna see this hot shot Bandit do something that can't be done. Besides, there's nothing I like better than breaking legends.

He laughs, coughs again, continues walking.

DICKEY

(not getting it)

But if it can't be done, how's he gonna do it?

KYLE

That's the point, Dickey.

DICKEY

Oh.

KYLE

Now, you just find him, son.

DICKEY

Yes, sir.

Dickey crosses to a trucker couple, polishing up their chromed rig.

DICKEY

Say, hoss. Where might I locate the Bandit?

HUSBAND

Ain't seen him.

WIFE

(immediately)

Over there behind his rig.

The Husband shoots his old lady a jealous look. Dickey rejoins Kyle and they head toward Bandit LaRue's truck.

NEW ANGLE - MOVING

as they come to the only battered, beaten-up eighteen-wheeler at the entire Truck Roadeo. It looks like it hasn't been washed since it left the showroom.

On one side of the truck is a faded and peeling mural of a stagecoach being held up. A teamster and a shotgun guard have their hands high in the air and a Bandit on horseback has a six-gun pointed at them.

An elaborate CB radio antenna grows out of the cab beside the driver's door.

ANGLE - KYLE AND DICKEY - FROM BEHIND

as they round the truck and stop in their tracks.

REVERSE ANGLE - WHAT THEY SEE

A hammock is stretched from the cab of the truck to an oak tree. A man wearing a faded denim western shirt, open with the sleeves rolled up, levis and silver-toed cowboy boots is lying in the hammock. A cowboy hat covers his face.

CLOSER ANGLE

as shadows fall across the figure. The man slowly tips back his hat and we see he's in his thirties, boyishly handsome, with a cocky smile. Bandit LaRue.

FULL SHOT

And for the first time we get a look at Kyle and Dickey. Kyle is wearing sunglasses and diamond rings on every finger. His smile is as tasteless as the suit he wears.

Dickey is in his early twenties. Blonde, blue-eyed and scared to death of his old man.

Bandit looks at them for a moment, then casually pulls the hat back over his face.

KYLE

Aw, ain't you glad to see me, Bandit?

BANDIT

(hat over his face)

Yeah, it's the highlight of my day.

There's a long pause interrupted by Kyle's hacking cough.

KYLE

(to Dickey)

What's he get if he wins here?

BANDIT

(hat over his face)

If...?

DICKEY

Five thou.

KYLE

Chickenshit money.

Kyle coughs again.

BANDIT

(hat over his face)

Could you turn your head?

Bandit gets up and begins untying the hammock from the tree. Kyle crosses to him.

BANDIT

Look, Kyle; I ain't in this Truck Roadeo for the money. It's the challenge. You know, the ecstasy of victory, the agony of defeat.

Kyle looks out at the cheering crowd.

KYLE

I can't believe there's two thousand people here to watch a bunch of guys back up their trucks.

BANDIT

America's bored. (then) Now, what do you want?

KYLE

You to forget this dumbass Roadeo and take on a real challenge.

As Bandit turns to him, we:

CUT TO:

BANDIT'S TRUCK - DAY

Bandit, wearing aviator shades and his cowboy hat, is backing the truck up and shouting down to Kyle and Dickey on the ground.

BANDIT

You're crazy, man. Smart dresser, but crazy.

KYLE

What's the matter? Legend has it Bandit LaRue's king of the road.

BANDIT

I can make it to Texarkana and back in twenty-eight hours... that's no sweat.

DICKEY

It ain't ever been done before, hot shit.

BANDIT

(smiles at Dickey, then) See, running Coors Beer east of Texas is what bothers me. It makes me a bootlegger.

KYLE

I hear a few weeks ago you smuggled sixteen Beaners up to West Virginia.

BANDIT

You know how rumors start.

DICKEY

I think you're just yellow.

BANDIT

Wonderful psychology. Why don't you say something about my mom? (then) Excuse me.

Bandit drives toward the starting line for another event. Kyle and Dickey run alongside.

KYLE

(coughs, then)

Look, you make this little run for me, I'll buy you a new rig.

BANDIT

(indicating truck)

Last year, this was a new rig.

KYLE

But it wasn't a Kenworth.

Dickey turns to his father, stunned, as Bandit stops the truck.

DICKEY

(sotto)

Pop, a K-Whopper's worth seventy thou.

BANDIT

(correcting)

Seventy-two five. (then) Why do you want this barley pop so bad?

DICKEY

He's thirsty.

Bandit smiles at Dickey again.

KYLE

I got a boy running in the Peach Tree Classic tomorrow and when he wins, I wanna celebrate in style.

BANDIT

How much style?

KYLE

Four hundred cases worth. (a long pause) Well?

BANDIT

(a beat)

You paying for the gas?

Kyle smiles that unwinning smile and takes out a huge wad of bills, as we:

CUT TO:

GEORGIA COUNTRYSIDE - DAY

Picturesque. Bandit's eighteen-wheeler rolling down the Georgia highway, past lush green meadows and endless acres of pines.

Over this:

A WOMAN'S VOICE

Whaddya mean, we're not going to the show tonight?

INSIDE THE TRUCK (DIALOGUE OVERLAPS)

And for the first time, we get a real look inside the rig. It's quite a set-up. The opposite of the outside. Home on the road.

Sheepskin over the two front seats, a poster of Raquel Welch in a bikini tacked above the windshield, under which is a bumper sticker reading: "Do It For Truckers." On the dash board, a St. Christopher medal and a chattering skull. Also, a stereo tape deck and the best Citizens Band Radio outfit money can buy.

Bandit is on the C.B.

BANDIT

(into mike)

Hot Pants, I got no choice. I gotta make a run to Texarkana. Over.

WOMAN'S VOICE

(over CB)

But you been promising to take me for three weeks.

BANDIT

(into mike)

Baby, I...

MALE VOICE

(over CB)

Break. Break.

WOMAN'S VOICE

(over CB)

Yeah, breaker; come on.

MALE VOICE

(over CB)

Hot Pants, this here is Sugar Man. I'll take you to the show tonight. Pick you up at seven. How am I hitting you?

WOMAN'S VOICE

(over CB)

Bull's-eye, Sugar Man. Bandit?

BANDIT

(into mike)

Yeah?

WOMAN'S VOICE

(over CB)

Go sit on a cold carrot.

Bandit looks at the mike and we:

CUT TO:

RESIDENTIAL STREET - DAY

Bandit's truck pulls to a stop in front of a small white clapboard house.

CUT TO:

A FEW MINUTES LATER - INSIDE THE HOUSE

Most of the furniture is old and what isn't, is covered with plastic. No fancy carpets or objects d'art. On the coffee table is an open, colorfully illustrated Bible. A blonde wood television set sits in a corner of the room. There are a lot of toy trucks lying around and over the mantel is an oil painting of a fancy eighteen-wheeler with an epitaph under it reading: "I'd rather be a truck driver, than be a millionaire..."

Bandit is trying to get into the bedroom, but his path is being blocked by a faded Georgia beauty lost somewhere in her thirties. Waynette Snow.

BANDIT

(trying to get past her) Goddamn, Waynette; you sure do look foxy today. If you weren't already married, I'd...

WAYNETTE

Don't give me that horseshit, Bandit. You ain't seeing him.

BANDIT

(determined)

Yes, I am.

WAYNETTE

(equally determined)

No, you ain't.

A scrawny little Kid runs through the room, followed by an even scrawnier mutt.

SCRAWNY KID

Hi, Uncle Bandit.

WAYNETTE

(turning to Kid)

He ain't your damn uncle and get that mutt outta here. He just peed all over my hot curlers!

Bandit takes the moment to slide past Waynette and duck into the bedroom.

THE BEDROOM

is dark. The venetian blinds are drawn. Bandit hurries into the room with Waynette still hollering in the b.g.

He passes a French Provincial dresser with a small fleet of model trucks on top and crosses to a Lump sleeping face down on a double bed.

BANDIT

(shaking the Lump)

Cledus.

CLEDUS

(not moving)

No.

BANDIT

(shaking him again)

Wake up, man; I just got us a hot run for big bucks.

Bandit goes to the closet and begins tossing clothes onto the bed.

CLEDUS

(slowly rolling over)

Whadda we have to do -- kidnap the Pope?

BANDIT (O.S.)

(from closet)

How'd you know?

He comes out of the closet with the rest of the clothes and tosses them on the bed, then crosses to the dresser drawer and throws a pair of socks and underwear at Cledus.

BANDIT

Look, all we gotta do is make a run to Texarkana... (under his breath) ...in twenty-eight hours.

Cledus Snow slowly comes up from under the covers and we get our first glimpse of him. He's thirty-three, but you'd never take him for a day under forty. Trucker all the way. He's wearing boxer shorts and an undershirt. As he reaches across to the nightstand and puts on a pair of glasses:

CLEDUS

Twenty-eight hours! You're outta your gord.

BANDIT

Is that any way to talk to your ole partner? (pulling back blanket) Look, it's only nine hundred miles each way.

CLEDUS

(figuring quick)

That means we gotta average ninety- four miles per. (lying back down) Forget it.

BANDIT

No one's ever done it before. This'll put us on the map.

CLEDUS

Or in the slammer.

BANDIT

Did I tell you they're gonna give us a brand new Kenworth?

CLEDUS

(sitting up)

Waynette!

CUT TO:

OUTSIDE CLEDUS' HOUSE - DAY

Bandit sits inside the cab of the truck, nervously tapping his foot and watching Cledus' kids play football on the front lawn. The mutt keeps getting in their way.

Bandit hits the horn and an instant later, Cledus steps onto the front porch, followed by Waynette. He's wearing a plaid shirt, levis, a large engraved cowboy belt and a thermal vest.

WAYNETTE

(handing him a thermos)

This ain't fair. You're letting him talk you into this.

CLEDUS

(buttoning shirt)

I swear to God, pumpkin; I'll be back before you know it. (sly smile) And then I'll make you glad you was born a woman.

WAYNETTE

Well, I just might not be waiting this time.